If growing flowers is your game, surely April is the most anticipated month of them all. It is the month where we reap the benefit of long-forgotten autumn chores: Digging and planting bulb flowers, expanding beds and tucking in perennials (that come back year to year) and biennials (flowers that produce leaves and vegetative parts in the first year, flower after a winter, and die).
Crops planted under the cover of greenhouses and tunnels begin to explode with color as the days lengthen, the bulb flowers seemingly jump out of the ground and flower all at once (leading to a crisis of harvesting and storing, mind you), and those perennials and biennials are beginning to show signs of life - sighs of relief abound.
If getting married is your game, you have likely been conditioned to recoil from an April wedding. The oft recited ‘April showers bring May flowers’ is a bit of a fallacy, in my opinion. While April is typically cool and a bit rainy, the winter’s cold brings just as many blooms as the misty April skies.
April is a time where all imaginable color palettes can be realized, soft and romantic to bright and bold to dark and sexy, using gorgeous flowers like tulips in all shapes, crinkly parrots, ruffled doubles, and charming fringed. Specialty daffodils come in many shapes and shades in the white-pink-apricot-orange family, several of which boast a beautiful fragrance.
Hellebores and frittilaria are two stems I reach for whenever an enchanting, moody palette is desired. Inky Frittilaria persica and the hybrid Hellebores ‘Ivory Prince’ and ‘Pink Frost’ are ephemeral must-haves, and only available those who dare wed in April.
A favorite among many newlyweds-to-be are the beautiful ranunculus. Another flower that can be found in most any shade, I find them to be at their best in the early part of spring. The flowers open large and full, their hollow stems strong and straight. You hardly ever will find out-of-season ranunculus in my studio, as the tiny flower heads and floppy, mold-stricken stems are always a disappointment after experiencing ranunculus that are picked fresh.
April is also the requisite month for flowering branches. I often shy away from ‘greenery’ in the month of April, instead relying on the gorgeous branches of apple, pear, quince, redbud, magnolia, and even maple.
Now that I feel I have rested my case on the gorgeous abundance of April, I also must point out that this is a wonderful month to invite your loved ones out of their winter hibernation, before the business of summertime sets in, to celebrate you and your partner (unless of course, all of your guests are accountants…in which case I invite you to wait for subsequent posts). You can mitigate weather woes by choosing a beautifully lit, clean and modern indoor venue that will evoke the spring season and compliment your lovely floral decor. Your vendors and wedding-day team will be refreshed at the beginning of the season, ready to bring your vision to life.